| Posted On Jul 06, 2015 | By:

The Bittersweet Story of Sugar

There are a lot of sugar-containing foods in this world, and chances are you enjoy eating at least one of them. Candy, soda, and fruit are just a few examples of foods that contain sugar. When we eat sugar, it lights up our brains and makes us feel happy. But having too much sugar in our diets can make our bodies unhappy. The other big question to answer is whether the sugar in the foods we eat is naturally occurring or added to the food.

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| Posted On Dec 17, 2014 | By:

Want to keep that New Year’s resolution? We may have a way…

“Beginning January 1st, I will exercise every day and eliminate fast food from my diet.” Does that sound familiar?   With the start of 2015 around the corner and all of its promises for a new beginning, this is the time of year when many people start to think about their New Year’s resolutions. Whether your plan is to be more active, eat healthy foods, stop smoking, de-stress or get more sleep, they all can have positive effects on your health.

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| Posted On Feb 11, 2014 | By:

Give Your Heart Some Love, Too!

Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday and February is American Heart Month, I thought it only appropriate to write about the most important way you can show your heart a little extra love. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, and many of the risk factors for this disease are diet and lifestyle-related and largely preventable. The American Heart Association urges everyone to follow a Heart Healthy Diet in order to reduce your risk,

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| Posted On Nov 13, 2013 | By:

Fiber, Fiber, Everywhere… But Is It All The Same?

We all know it’s good to eat more fiber.  Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get anywhere near the recommended 30 grams of fiber each day.  In fact, the average intake is only around 10-15 grams per day for most of us.  To help inch us closer to our goal, food manufacturers have started adding fiber to anything and everything.  It’s now in yogurt, cottage cheese, breakfast bars, and even some beverages,

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| Posted On May 30, 2013 | By:

More Reasons to Eat a Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is making news again all over the place.  Newest research confirms what we thought – a Mediterranean-style diet is a healthy way to eat, because it can help reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and even help to preserve memory.

Here’s a quick summary of three recent studies:

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| Posted On Mar 20, 2013 | By:

Donate to a Food Pantry for National Nutrition Month

In a previous blog post, my colleague, Anne Danahy, shared that March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus on the importance of making mindful food choices and developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits.  It is also a time to think about people who may not have enough healthy food to eat on a daily basis.

Many people do not realize that hunger is a big problem in our country and that 1 in 6 people in the United States do not have enough access to food. 

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2013 | By:

National Nutrition Month 2013 – Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

It’s March, which means National Nutrition Month, and the message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is this:  there is no right or wrong, one-size-fits-all diet.  Instead, starting right now, everyone is encouraged to stop stressing about food rules, good vs. bad foods, and feeling like eating healthy means giving up your favorite foods.

Their recommendation is to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day, and include the foods you love as part of a healthful eating plan. 

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| Posted On Jan 17, 2013 | By:

It’s January, so Get Moving!

Did you resolve to exercise more in 2013?  If so, congratulations!  Being physically active is one of the most positive things you can do to maintain or improve your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic (cardio) exercise each week, AND strength training exercise, which targets the major muscle groups, 2 or more times per week*.  Moderate intensity means that you’re working hard enough to break a sweat and raise your heart rate (think brisk walking,

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| Posted On Mar 14, 2012 | By:

What Do Nutritionists Eat?

When it comes to eating healthy, most people know what they should eat, but it’s easy to fall short when it comes to putting it all together day after day.   Since March is National Nutrition Month, and today is Registered Dietitian day, I asked my colleagues – the smart, creative, and talented Harvard Vanguard Registered Dietitians– to share their favorite tips for keeping their own mealtimes healthy and balanced.

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2012 | By:

Stand Up Straight! Improving Your Posture

Growing up, most of us were told at some point by our parents or grandparents to “Stand up straight!” or “Stop slouching!”  Although it might have felt like they were nagging, studies have shown that this was in fact excellent advice. There is a direct correlation between maintenance of proper posture and efficient body function throughout your daily activities and work tasks. Poor posture habits, such as slouching while standing or hunching over your computer at work,

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